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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

Criterion lavishes a major upgrade to its older box set celebrating the first major rock concert event, the ‘California Dreamin’ idyll that some say marked the beginning of the Summer of Love. Get ready to hear and see some history-making performances from Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Who. Plus two more features and a bundle of ‘extra’ music sets . . . including Tiny Tim.

The Complete Monterey Pop Festival

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1968 / Color / 1:33 flat / 79 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 12, 2017 / 69.95

Cinematography: James Desmond, Barry Feinstein, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, D.A. Pennebaker

Film Editor: Nina Schulman

Original Music: The Animals, The Association, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Byrds, Canned Heat, Country Joe and the Fish, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Al Kooper, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, The Mamas and the Papas, Laura Nyro, Otis Redding, The Quicksilver Messenger Service,
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Criterion Collection Announces December Titles, Including ‘Election’ and ‘Monterey Pop’

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Criterion Collection Announces December Titles, Including ‘Election’ and ‘Monterey Pop’
The Criterion Collection has unveiled its holiday slate, with “Election” leading the list of titles being released this December. Joining Alexander Payne’s classic in the Collection are a new digital transfer of Barbet Schroeder’s documentary “General Idi Amin Dada: A Self-Portrait,” “The Complete Monterey Pop Festival,” and the previously announced “100 Years of Olympic Films 1912-2012.” More information — and, just as importantly, cover art — below:

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Election

“Perky, overachieving Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) gets on the nerves of history teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) to begin with, but after she launches her campaign for high-school president and his personal life starts to fall apart, things spiral out of control. In Alexander Payne’s satire ‘Election,’ the teacher becomes unhealthily obsessed with cutting his student down to size, covertly backing a spoiler candidate to
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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Roger Ross Williams and How ‘The War Room’ Changed Politics

IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Roger Ross Williams and How ‘The War Room’ Changed Politics
As part of our ongoing partnership with FilmStruck, we’re celebrating Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker’s thrilling inside look at Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, “The War Room.”

Oscar-winning documentarian Roger Ross Williams, who’s now on the 2017 documentary shortlist for “Life, Animated,” said he’s still shocked by the directors’ unprecedented access to a campaign that “got really dirty.”

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“It was the first time we really got to see warts-and-all of a campaign and the sort-of brilliance of the strategists who are real stars of that film,” said Williams in the clip below.

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The War Room” is available on FilmStruck, as are other Pennebaker docs including “Don’t Look Back,
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U.S. Producer Danny Bramson To Head Jury Of Italy’s Biografilm Fest

U.S. Producer Danny Bramson To Head Jury Of Italy’s Biografilm Fest
Rome – U.S. music and movies producer Danny Bramson will head the jury of Italy’s Biografilm Festival, the unique event billed as a cinematic celebration of human lives which will open with Bramson-produced Jimi Hendrix Biopic “All Is by My Side,” directed by John Ridley and toplining Andre 3000.

To celebrate its tenth edition the Bologna-based fest, headed by Italo critic and film industry entrepreneur Andrea Romeo, will also fete documaking greats Donn Alan Pennebaker, Michel Gondry, Nicolas Philibert, and performance artist Ulay, as well as Bramson, with lifetime achievement awards.

D.A. Pennebaker and his wife and frequent co-director Chris Hegedus will also be honored with a mini-retro comprising rockumentaries “Don’t Look Back,” “Jimi Plays Monterey,” and campaign strategy-themed “The War Room.”

Biografilm’s theme this year is What’s Culture? Accordingly, Wim Wenders-produced 3-D docu “Cathedrals Of Culture” will be unspooling, along with, among other titles, Gondry
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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker’s Unlocking the Cage

If they grace the festival with their presence, it would be like having the Beatles show up (Frederick Wiseman is our Elvis). Legendary docu-team Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker haven’t presented a doc film at the fest since 1987′s Jimi Plays Monterey (Update: they actually showed up in back-to-back years with Startup.com (2001) and Only the Strong Survive) and the pair have participated as jurors/panelists as well. Their new project, which received some coin via the 2013 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund, is a hot topic issue/last frontier, that may be aligned with Sundance’s unwritten mandate for docu films that push social boundaries.

Gist: Renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise wants to break through the legal wall that separates animals and humans. His lawsuit, the first of its kind, will demand the most basic of personhood rights – those of bodily integrity and liberty – for an animal of a
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20 Years On, Pennebaker and Hegedus Return to The War Room

Twenty years ago another recession was gripping America, documentarians were shooting on film, and D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus were immortalizing the election campaign of Bill Clinton. The renowned duo behind Kings of Pastry, Jimi Plays Monterey and many other films, is presenting The War Room at a 20th anniversary screening at Toronto’s Hot Docs Documentary Festival this week. “It was an idea we always wanted to do,” Hegedus told Filmmaker, “to see a man become President.” In 1960, Pennebaker gained valuable experience by co-editing and doing sound on the very first campaign doc, Primary by Robert Drew. Shot in …
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Blu-Ray Review: Music History Chronicled in ‘The Complete Monterey Pop Festival’

Chicago – The Criterion Collection recently released a timeless document of one of the most important events in music history, The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967. Not only does this legendary fest include some seminal visuals, including Jimi Hendrix lighting his guitar on fire and Pete Townshend smashing his, but it captures a nation on the cusp of something amazing, not just musically but socially.

Blu-Ray Rating: 4.5/5.0

At the height of the Summer of Love, during a June weekend in 1967, history was made at the Monterey International Pop Festival near San Francisco, arguably the epicenter of the counter-culture movement in the late ’60s. Monterey launched the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few of the acts who performed that weekend, one that saw The Mamas and the Papas introduce Simon and Garfunkel, and The Who, The Byrds, Hugh Masekela, Ravi Shankar, and more take the stage.
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The Complete Monterey Pop Criterion Blu-ray Review

Concert films often work best when they’re about one band. The Last Waltz and Stop Making Sense are great, because you can either like the artist or not, but it’s about their moment, that moment, when they record the show they’re doing. The problem with gig shows, like Monterey Pop, is that not all musicians are created equal. So they have to be about the moment, and the experience. My review after the jump.

Monterey Pop brings together a number of performers, but only a couple will make you lose your minds. But four such performances are enough to make a film like this, and it’s worth celebrating the film for those, and though the film shows where pop music was at that moment, some artists are better than others. The show starts with some Mamas and the Papas, and the song “California Dreaming.” A dreamy,
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The Complete Monterey Pop Blu Ray Review

I’ll just come clean right off the top here and admit that this was my first time watching D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop and although it’s definitely a great film, it’s probably my least favourite of the three big music festival documentaries to come out of the late sixties/early seventies. There’s something about the grandiose cluster-fuck nature of Woodstock that appealed to me — along with the split screens of course — and Gimme Shelter’s cynicism was the perfect end to the short lived era of ‘Peace and Love’. I think the thing that drops Monterey Pop down a notch or two is the fact that it’s too devoted to the performances; an accusation that is obviously a personal one, as I would imagine most people watching this film are hoping for exactly that. Perosnally, I’m more interested in the logistics of the festival
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If You're Going to San Francisco... (Columns)

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The Complete Monterey Pop Festival perfectly captures the dangerously unstable compound called rock music right before it exploded and permanently altered the American cultural landscape.

On the weekend of 16-18 June 1967, Dunhill label chief Lou Adler, Beatles publicist Derek Taylor, and John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas presented the Monterey Pop Festival to 55,000 rock 'n' roll besotted disciples. The festival became the prototype for future rock festivals and was the unofficial coming-out party for the 'Summer of Love'. The promoters hired D.A. Pennebaker, hot off the success of his Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back, to capture the weekend. His resulting films, Monterey Pop, Jimi Plays Monterey, and Shake! Otis At Monterey perfectly captured the dangerously unstable compound called rock music right…
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Blu-ray Review: The Complete Monterey Pop Festival (Criterion Collection)

The latest one-time DVD-only Criterion release to get the Blu-ray upgrade treatment is their 2002 release of D. A. Pennebaker's Monterey Pop in either a single-disc or double-disc boxset "complete" edition. I was sent the Complete Edition for review, which includes Pennebaker's 79-minute 1968 feature, which includes 14 separate songs performed by 13 different bands/artists as well as additional music played over the pre-concert establishing shots. The second disc includes the complete sets played by Jimi Hendrix (49 mins) and Otis Redding (19 mins), but that's just the official footage as Criterion's presentation includes even more not included in the original releases. Before I detail everything you get with this collection, let me start off by saying this isn't necessarily the kind of thing I would rush out and buy. I enjoyed watching it immensely and it served as much as a musical education as it did a piece of entertainment, but the likelihood of
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